US President Donald Trump has announced that the country will end its relationship with the World Health Organization.

Iran PressAmerica: Accusing the WHO of being under China's control, Donald Trump criticized the body’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was made following the growth of tensions between Washington and Beijing over the Coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking at a news conference in the White House, Trump said: "China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying which is approximately $450 million a year," he said.

Trump’s decision was despite a pledge last week by Chinese President Xi Jinping to give $2 billion to the WHO over the next two years to help combat the coronavirus. The amount almost matches the WHO’s entire annual program budget for last year.

This is while Trump last month halted funding for the 194-member organization, then in a May 18 letter gave the WHO 30 days to commit to reforms.

The new decision is a continuation of Trump's chain of exit from international treaties.

The United States formally joined the World Health Organization in 1948.


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